Picnic Blanket for Sissies


At the flea market before last (the last one was deluged out talking of which we now have a burst pipe down the road someplace and no water) I found this folding table and bench set and a R40 offer was accepted. It had a bad crack in one corner, and the struts inside were on their way out. A skilled friend made a new set for me which I fitted with a great deal of labour the old bolts were rusted fast, one couldnt get at them with a hacksaw, and finally the only solution was to put such strain on them that they snapped. The new supports work a treat, and I even fashioned a sliding catch to replace one broken and missing (not shown). My repairs on the broken and cracked bits of table will not please the perfectionist, but the parts that show look OK and those that dont are really sturdy.

 The table will be taken to the grandparents morning for the Form 1 classes, and we will look down snootily at lesser mortals sitting on their blankets.

 I am being kept busy on several highly exciting book-related projects, some of which have already been hinted at.

© September 2018 Colonialist
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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies.
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15 Responses to Picnic Blanket for Sissies

  1. Pingback: Putting On Airs With Table Manners | Colonialist's Blog

  2. Debra says:

    A substantial picnic blanket with a lot of attitude! Very cool! And nice to hear of your writing projects taking shape as well. (the burst pipe isn’t good news, though, I can imagine!)

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    • colonialist says:

      I am eager to use it!
      The project on hand at the moment is publishing a brilliant book by someone else, but the formatting is driving me nuts! The software keeps undoing what I have put in.
      The pipe is (again) repaired, thank heaven, and we have taps that don’t just sit there and look at you in a dry way.

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  3. de Wets Wild says:

    “The table will be taken to the grandparents’ morning for the Form 1 classes, and we will look down snootily at lesser mortals sitting on their blankets.” Oh, how I hope to see a photo of that! 😀

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  4. disperser says:

    That’s something I could use . . . I’ll have to keep my eye out for one.

    Nice job.

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  5. Lizzie Ross says:

    You’re hired! (I have several handy-man-special projects that need attention.) Will exchange for free room & board in NYC.

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  6. Hahahaaa – “look down snootily”… I’m sure that’s not really in character.

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